Bell Pepper Cream Cheeze Dip

Bell Pepper Cream Cheeze Dip
This cream cheeze dip has a wonderful fluffiness; its texture is lighter than cream cheese, but is a bit firmer than a dip. The trick is agar agar. The capsicum - or bell pepper - gives it a fresh flavour that is delightful. Feel free to add more chilli, as when it comes to this sort of hot, I'm a wimp :-D Serve with savoury biscuits or in a sandwich with fresh greens.
Cuisine: vegan
Recipe type: Dip
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You need
  • 2 cups of soaked raw cashews
  • 2 tbsp of pine nuts
  • 1 small chilli (about 2cm), deseeded and chopped up very finely
  • ½ red capsicum, chopped roughly
  • 3 cloves of garlic, minced or finely grated
  • 1⅛ tsp himalayan rock salt
  • ⅛ tsp black salt (kalak namak)
  • 1 tbsp (white) miso
  • 1 tbsp nutritional yeast
  • ¼ cup rice bran oil
  • 1.5 cups oat milk (or another rather plain non dairy milk)
  • 6 tsp agar agar
To do
  1. blend the soaked cashews and pine nuts in the small bowl of your food processor till nicely mixed and fine
  2. add the capsicum, blend again
  3. then mix in chilli, minced garlic, salt, black salt, miso, nutritional yeast and blend for a few minutes so that it is really well blended and as smooth as possible
  4. meanwhile, in a small sauce pan, add oat milk and oil, and sprinkle agar agar on top
  5. heat and whisk till dissolved
  6. when mixture is getting thick (which happens when it heats up), pour into the nut mixture while the machine is running
  7. as soon as you stop the machine, have plastic containers sitting ready to be filled. This recipe makes about 550ml.
  8. let cool slightly before placing in fridge
  9. let set for 2 hours


Potato, Carrot & Onion Patties w Chilli & Coriander

Potato, Carrot & Onion Patties w Chilli & Coriander
This is my type of comfort food, and quite simple and quick to make. This recipe makes 3 to 4 patties, depending on the size. I used food rings to help me make them a bit tidier than I would do without, but if you want to go for squares, don't let the rings stop you! ;-)
Cuisine: vegan
Recipe type: Patties!
Serves: 1-2
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You need
  • ½ cup grated potato (personally, I usually don't bother with peeling)
  • ½ cup grated carrot
  • ¼ cup grated onion
  • ~80ml organic white spelt flour (or any flour you prefer)
  • salt to taste
  • ⅛ tsp chilli powder (or more if you like)
  • a small hand fresh coriander, finely chopped and some extra to serve
  • ½ tsp baking powder (try to buy aluminium free)
  • 1 clove of garlic, finely grated (or use paste)
  • water (you won't need more than ¼ cup)
  • coconut oil to fry (about 1.5 tbsp)
To do
  1. mix the grated potato, onion, garlic, optional salt, baking powder, coriander and carrot together in a bowl
  2. add the flour, mix well - let sit for a few minutes so the flour can absorb some of the moisture
  3. start adding water bit by bit till you have a thick 'batter' that sticks together (if you add too much water, add more flour)
  4. heat the oil in a skillet (medium high) and scoop the batter in the hot oil, using a food ring or without, flatten out a bit so the patties are about ½ to ¾ cm thick
  5. after a minute, turn heat down a little bit, and flip patties over when bottom side is brown - the middle will have started to become a bit drier too by then (if they aren't dry enough to flip over, leave them a bit longer)
  6. bake until brown and you're done. I served them with more fresh coriander and Tofu Mayonaise :-)
If you make more and have left overs, they are fine to reheat the next day, or take them with you for lunch :-) Oh, and using the food processor to grate saves you some time :-)


‘Smoked Salmon’ Paté

'Smoked Salmon' Paté
Well, there definitely is something fishy about this paté! It was a lucky shot, to be honest, but I was pretty surprised it indeed tastes like smoked salmon... and I wasn't even aiming for it! But there you go :-)
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Cuisine: vegan
Recipe type: condiments
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  • 1 cup pine nuts
  • 2 cups hemp milk (I guess you can use other non dairy milk, but flavour may slightly change)
  • ⅛ cup agar agar powder (or ¼ cup for flakes)
  • 2 tbsp vegetable broth powder
  • 1 tbsp smoked paprika powder
  • 1.5 tsp minced garlic
  • 1 tsp Himalayan Rock salt
  • 2 pinches of chilli powder
  • ½ tsp of liquid smoke
  • a little oil to grease your bowl, in case you don't use plastic or silicon
To do
  1. add pine nuts, paprika powder, garlic, salt, chilli powder and liquid smoke to the small bowl of your kitchen machine (with a blade) and run it till the mixture is nice and fine.
  2. in a small sauce pan, heat the hemp milk with stock powder and the agar agar powder and bring to the boil, stirring regularly
  3. when dissolved, add the liquid agar mix to the running kitchen machine, and let run for a few minutes. You want the mixture to be completely smooth
  4. when done, pour in 2 small, greased bowls or ramekins, or 1 bigger one.
  5. put in fridge and let set and rest for a few hours
  6. when set, turn upside down on a small plate and done! You may have to slide a knife along side the edges for the paté to come out.
Done. Keep in fridge, and eat on toast, biccies, raw veggies, whatever you like :-)




Banana & Onion Chutney


Banana & Onion Chutney
Lovely and very easy, tasty little dish, and a perfect way to get rid of older bananas ;-)
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Cuisine: vegan
Recipe type: Chutney
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  • 1 banana, chopped
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1-1.5 tbsp Ketjap Manis (sweet soy sauce)
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • 1 tsp garam masala
  • 1 small pinch of chilli powder, or more to taste
  • 1 tsp curry powder
  • ½ onion, chopped
To do
  1. heat the oil and add chopped banana and onion
  2. stir and bake for a few minutes
  3. add all the other ingredients
  4. when all is nice and soft, mash slightly using a fork, leaving small chunks.
Serve as side dish, condiment or as dip :-)